Damages for firework disaster victims
13 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — More than 200 victims of the Enschede fireworks disaster in May 2000 have a right to compensation, a court in The Hague ruled on Wednesday.
13 December 2006
AMSTERDAM — More than 200 victims of the Enschede fireworks disaster in May 2000 have a right to compensation, a court in The Hague ruled on Wednesday.
The court ruled that the fireworks deport S.E. Fireworks and three partners were liable for the disaster. The Enschede City Council and the Dutch State do not have to pay damages.
In total, 295 people had joined the civil procedure, but the court ruled that only 215 were actual victims of the 13 May 2000 fireworks explosion in which 23 people were killed and an entire city district destroyed.
One of the lawyers representing the claimants welcomed the ruling that S.E. Fireworks was liable, but said it was an absolute disappointment that the Enschede council and the state were cleared of any liability.
The lawyer — who was linked with the injury lawyers workgroup LSA — said the city council had failed to properly supervise and maintain regulations imposed on the fireworks depot.
It is not yet known how much compensation will be paid. Those amounts will be decided in another court case and will range from thousands to tens of thousands of euros per victim depending on the extent of injuries.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news